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Hajj Guide

The greatest journey on Earth

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Millions around the world have been undertaking Hajj each year since the migration of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) from Madina to Makkah. For anyone preparing to go, it’s an incredibly exciting time but of course a deeply spiritual, serious and important period of our lives. The timeline below helps you understand the different aspects of the holy pilgrimage.

Day

1

Yawm al-Tarwiyah
The Day of Quenching

Day

2

Yawm al-Tarwiyah
The Day of Quenching

Day

3

Yawm al-Tarwiyah
The Day of Quenching

Day

4

Yawm al-Tarwiyah
The Day of Quenching

Day

5

Yawm al-Tarwiyah
The Day of Quenching

Day 1

Yawm al-Tarwiyah
The Day of Quenching

This first day of Hajj is known as Yawm al-Tarwiyah (the Day of Quenching Thirst). It was given this name because on this day, the early pilgrims were instructed to drink a lot of water and fill their containers in preparation for the long journey ahead.

Leaving for Mina

You will proceed to Mina via coach before the time for Dhuhr has come in. It is a Sunnah to leave for Mina on the 8th of Dhul Hijjah after sunrise as was the practice of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. Recite Talbiyah frequently during this journey. After you have settled down in your tent, you will perform Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers in Qasr form i.e. you will shorten the prayers as if you were a traveller. The shortening of the prayer is applicable to everyone, regardless of whether the individual is a resident of Makkah or not. During your stay in Mina, spend your time in prayer and supplication.

You will spend the night of the 8th of Dhul Hijjah in Mina. With this, your first day of Hajj has been completed.

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This first day of Hajj is known as Yawm al-Tarwiyah (the Day of Quenching Thirst). It was given this name because on this day, the early pilgrims were instructed to drink a lot of water and fill their containers in preparation for the long journey ahead.

Leaving for Mina

You will proceed to Mina via coach before the time for Dhuhr has come in. It is a Sunnah to leave for Mina on the 8th of Dhul Hijjah after sunrise as was the practice of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. Recite Talbiyah frequently during this journey. After you have settled down in your tent, you will perform Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers in Qasr form i.e. you will shorten the prayers as if you were a traveller. The shortening of the prayer is applicable to everyone, regardless of whether the individual is a resident of Makkah or not. During your stay in Mina, spend your time in prayer and supplication.

You will spend the night of the 8th of Dhul Hijjah in Mina. With this, your first day of Hajj has been completed.

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This first day of Hajj is known as Yawm al-Tarwiyah (the Day of Quenching Thirst). It was given this name because on this day, the early pilgrims were instructed to drink a lot of water and fill their containers in preparation for the long journey ahead.

Leaving for Mina

You will proceed to Mina via coach before the time for Dhuhr has come in. It is a Sunnah to leave for Mina on the 8th of Dhul Hijjah after sunrise as was the practice of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. Recite Talbiyah frequently during this journey. After you have settled down in your tent, you will perform Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers in Qasr form i.e. you will shorten the prayers as if you were a traveller. The shortening of the prayer is applicable to everyone, regardless of whether the individual is a resident of Makkah or not. During your stay in Mina, spend your time in prayer and supplication.

You will spend the night of the 8th of Dhul Hijjah in Mina. With this, your first day of Hajj has been completed.

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This first day of Hajj is known as Yawm al-Tarwiyah (the Day of Quenching Thirst). It was given this name because on this day, the early pilgrims were instructed to drink a lot of water and fill their containers in preparation for the long journey ahead.

Leaving for Mina

You will proceed to Mina via coach before the time for Dhuhr has come in. It is a Sunnah to leave for Mina on the 8th of Dhul Hijjah after sunrise as was the practice of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. Recite Talbiyah frequently during this journey. After you have settled down in your tent, you will perform Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers in Qasr form i.e. you will shorten the prayers as if you were a traveller. The shortening of the prayer is applicable to everyone, regardless of whether the individual is a resident of Makkah or not. During your stay in Mina, spend your time in prayer and supplication.

You will spend the night of the 8th of Dhul Hijjah in Mina. With this, your first day of Hajj has been completed.

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This first day of Hajj is known as Yawm al-Tarwiyah (the Day of Quenching Thirst). It was given this name because on this day, the early pilgrims were instructed to drink a lot of water and fill their containers in preparation for the long journey ahead.

Leaving for Mina

You will proceed to Mina via coach before the time for Dhuhr has come in. It is a Sunnah to leave for Mina on the 8th of Dhul Hijjah after sunrise as was the practice of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. Recite Talbiyah frequently during this journey. After you have settled down in your tent, you will perform Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers in Qasr form i.e. you will shorten the prayers as if you were a traveller. The shortening of the prayer is applicable to everyone, regardless of whether the individual is a resident of Makkah or not. During your stay in Mina, spend your time in prayer and supplication.

You will spend the night of the 8th of Dhul Hijjah in Mina. With this, your first day of Hajj has been completed.

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This first day of Hajj is known as Yawm al-Tarwiyah (the Day of Quenching Thirst). It was given this name because on this day, the early pilgrims were instructed to drink a lot of water and fill their containers in preparation for the long journey ahead.

Leaving for Mina

You will proceed to Mina via coach before the time for Dhuhr has come in. It is a Sunnah to leave for Mina on the 8th of Dhul Hijjah after sunrise as was the practice of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. Recite Talbiyah frequently during this journey. After you have settled down in your tent, you will perform Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers in Qasr form i.e. you will shorten the prayers as if you were a traveller. The shortening of the prayer is applicable to everyone, regardless of whether the individual is a resident of Makkah or not. During your stay in Mina, spend your time in prayer and supplication.

You will spend the night of the 8th of Dhul Hijjah in Mina. With this, your first day of Hajj has been completed.

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Hajj Glossary

Navigate Umrah Islamic terminologies with ease. Our glossary offers clear definitions of key terms, aiding both newcomers and seasoned learners in deepening their understanding of Islamic teachings.

Ihram

Ihram is a sacred state that Muslim pilgrims enter and stay in while performing the divine rituals of Hajj. Ihram must be worn by every individual heading to Makkah for either of the lesser or greater pilgrimage. A pilgrim enters the state by performing some cleansing acts and wearing a dress.

Tawaf

Tawaf is the act of circumambulating the Holy Kaaba in an anti-clockwise direction. It involves walking around the Kaaba seven times as part of the rituals of Hajj. When performing Tawaf, pilgrims recite Takbir and various other supplications based on the Sunnah of the Prophet’s.

Sa'ee

Sa’ee is an Islamic ritual which  honours the struggle of Prophet Ibrahim (AS)’s wife Hajar (AS); it means to run or walk between Safa and Marwa while performing Hajj and is the fourth compulsory rite of Hajj or Umrah, performed after completing Tawaf.

Miqat

The Miqat line is where pilgrims intending to perform  Hajj must enter the state of Ihram before crossing the boundary. This involves performing the ritual of cleaning and wearing the prescribed clothing, Ihram and reciting the Talbiyah.

Talbiyah

The Talbiyah is a devotional prayer recited by Muslim pilgrims with the belief that they intend to perform Hajj only for the glory of Allah (SWT). It is recited at least a hundred times throughout the pilgrimage.

Halq

Halq is when one shaves their entire head after the completion of Hajj and it applies exclusively to men. A person won’t be able to leave the state of Ihram until it is performed. It is recommended that you start shaving hair from the right side while facing the Holy Kaaba.

Taqsir

Taqsir means to trim (cut) one’s hair and is an obligation for woman performing Hajj.